I only stitch on days that end in "y".

Friday, January 29, 2016

Snowman's Quaker Christmas

Here's a little finish from this week...Snowman's Quaker Christmas by my friend, Marianne, of Midnight Stitching.  It was published as a freebie a few years ago in a shop's newsletter but it's no longer online.  Some people who saw it asked about how to get it and I talked to Marianne who said she'll soon have it on her blog here:

Midnight Stitching

Isn't he a cute little guy?  If you google "Snowman's Quaker Christmas", you'll come up with several pictures of him stitched with people choosing different colors.  Wouldn't a tree full of them be cute?

Happy stitching!

Friday, January 22, 2016

A Couple of Small Finishes and Baby, It's Cold Outside!

I stitched this with a sal FB group.  It's a freebie from The Primitive Hare.  I used Variegated Cranberry floss from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe and stitched it on a piece of 32 count lambswool linen by Wichelt:

The Primitive Hare

I stitched this little guy from Heart in Hand's leaflet Monthly Miniatures I for an exchange block for one of my stitching groups.  Our themes for this year are cross stitch designers.  I used the called-for floss except for the purple ear muffs.  I can't remember the overdye I used but I didn't have the called-for floss and just made do.  It's also stitched on Wichelt's lambswool 32 count linen.

We don't have snow but a cold front came through and our temps dropped like a rock.  It was in the low 70's yesterday and today when I first got on the computer, it was down to 39 degrees.  Brrrr!!!  You really feel it when it drops that fast!  I even broke down and wore a jacket today when I went out to walk in the mall.

I hope everyone in the path of the big winter storm is safe and warm.

Happy stitching!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Valentine Contest at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having a Valentine's Day contest.  Click here to read the details:  Valentine Contest at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Good luck and..........

Happy stitching!

Friday, January 15, 2016

A Couple of Smalls

I participate in a couple of ornament sal group blogs, one for Christmas and another for Halloween.  There's a theme for each month's ornaments and it's fun to see what others choose to stitch.

My Christmas choice (music theme) is from the PS 12 Days of Christmas leaflet.

I chose to stitch a bat from an old tantes zolder freebie for the "winged things" theme for the Halloween sal.

I hope to start a birth "sampler" for our first grandbaby who will be born in March.  I ordered some NPI silks and hope to start once they arrive.  I also want to stitch either a "welcome" or "home sweet home" designs for DD and DSIL because they just moved into their new house.  (They've had a LOT of changes in a short amount of time, wedding, a baby on the way, new house, and DSIL changed jobs.) 

January Calendar Girl is almost finished but now I'm rethinking how I want to stitch the eyes and mouth on each of them (cross stitches, French knots, or beads...I'm leaning towards beads if I can find the right colors and size).  I may just leave that part undone and continue stitching the other "girls" until I decide.I have an exchange block I need to stitch and I'm still mulling over what HIH (that's this month's theme) design to choose.

Also, I'd like to participate in a "One Day Wonder" sal.  This month's theme is snow.  Since I hurt my back (just a little) yesterday putting away Christmas bins and our DS is leaving to go back to college today, I think I'll declare this a stitching day and work on that one.

Speaking of Christmas bins, here's the progress (from the mess I posted last week):

I just have some greenery to pack in another bin and I'll be done.  (The goal is always to pack away Christmas before it's time to get it out again.  ;-)  )  I'll admit that my PS Christmas Village is still hanging and my snowman tree is still "up" but I leave them up through January.

We had some great health news when we went for DH's "big" post-op appointment on Wednesday.  All his tests indicate that the cancer is gone!  They'll monitor him closely, especially at first, to make sure it doesn't recur.  The surgeon was giving all his patients he saw that day a lottery ticket.  Ours didn't win but we think we won the "lottery" that REALLY counts. 

Happy stitching!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Calendar Girls Back on Track

Well, not exactly.  I started November and didn't get Dec. started but decided instead to try to start January and stitch each month's appropriate month and then get caught up again.  I'm almost finished with January:

Crochet is taking up some of my stitching time.  I dug out my babies' baby afghan (My mom crocheted it for the first baby.  It has a little channel on the edges in which to weave in a ribbon.  Our DD's was pink but I took it out to weave in a blue one for our boys.)  to compare the size with the one I'm working on for our grandbaby (expected to arrive in March) and I've got a few more rows before it will be "finished".  Now I just have to figure out how to finish off that last bit of yarn when I get to the end.  I'm SUCH a beginner at this!

Next, I want to choose a Christmas stocking to stitch for her.  I may have mentioned it before, but my tentative plan is to stitch 2 of the same one, one for our house and one for hers.  We'll see how that goes.  I also have a birth sampler picked out so I need to get that going too.  (Also since DD and DSIL just moved into their first house, I want to do either a welcome or home sweet home piece for them.)

It sounds like all that will keep me busy.

I have a few small sal things to stitch as well and think I've decided what to stitch for them too.

I'd like to stitch a big sampler this year as well and think it will Hannah Lancaster.

I'm plodding along repacking the Christmas decorations.  I piled most of it on my dining room table.  What a mess!  I like to repack it in a certain way and it takes a long time.  I'm making progress though and hope to have it completed by the end of the weekend.

Happy stitching!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

We were determined to stay up until midnight (OUR time this time.  Some years we celebrate the EST New Years.)  We made it and then stumbled off to bed.  ;-)

I have one last 2015 finish, CCN's Silent Night.  I'd started it last Christmas and it was enjoyable to pick up again to stitch during this year's Christmas season.  It's on a mystery fabric I had in my stash...I think it may be a Silkweavers but not sure.  I didn't even take it off the Qsnaps for the picture and it was late at night when I took it so the picture quality isn't very good.  There's also one snowflake that I'm not real happy with so I may frog it and do over.

Yesterday while watching football (GO, BUCKS!!) I worked on the baby afghan and put a few stitches in my official Jan. 1 XS start, LHN's January Calendar Girl.

So.....what do you do when you give a bored man 10 lemons?  (Ala "when you give a mouse a cookie").  He researches how to make homemade limoncello, drives to the next town south of us to buy grain alcohol, zests said lemons, and starts seeping the lemons into the grain alcohol.  (Apparently this project will take a couple of months to complete.)  THEN....he decides that, since he's left with all those lemons sans the peels, that I should make a lemon meringue pie.  Naturally!  lol! (Luckily, we had a couple of other lemons with their peels so I had enough zest to use for the pie.)   I used up a couple of have to figure out what to do with the rest.  I may have him juice the rest and freeze it in quantities that I use for recipes.  (If you ask him, in quantities that I use for pie.)  Thank goodness he goes back to work on Monday!!

I also had the ingredients here for a pumpkin pie so I made one of those too.  (Our son doesn't return to college until mid-January so he and his friends will help us eat them.

Speaking of food, I put together the ham bone bean soup mix that came with the ham.  It was excellent!  I also put together a cabbage casserole that is traditional in our house for New Year's Day.  We have enough leftovers that there will be no KP for me today.  What WILL I do?!  Probably spend some quality time stitching or crocheting after I do a nominal amount of decluttering/vacuuming.

Happy stitching!